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Ottawa, 7 August 2015
Our reference: 8740-B2-201505736
Mr. Philippe Gauvin
Senior Legal Counsel
160 Elgin Street Floor 19
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2C4
RE: Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 519 and Bell Canada Tariff Notice 7460 – Withdrawal of Services
Dear Mr. Gauvin:
On 5 June 2015, the Commission received an application from Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership (Bell Aliant) under cover of Tariff Notice (TN) 519 and Bell Canada under cover of TN 7460, in which the companies proposed to withdraw the following items from their respective Special Facilities Tariffs: Item G6 – Central Office Located CPE, Item G8 – Central Office Located CPE, Item G14 – Type 1 and Type 2 Connections, Item G16 – Cellular Voice Channels, and Item G17 – Cellular Access Services Types II & III.
Commission staff notes that Type 1 and Type 2 Connections, Cellular Voice Channels, and Cellular Access Services Types II & III were wholesale services assigned to the Interconnection service category in Telecom Decision CRTC 2008-17, and that no changes were made to their regulatory status in Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-326.
Commission staff is seeking supporting information from Bell Aliant and Bell Canada in the above-noted TN 519 and TN 7460 proceeding with respect to Item G14 – Type 1 and Type 2 Connections, Item G16 – Cellular Voice Channels, and Item G17 – Cellular Access Services Types II & III. Commission staff is setting out additional process related to the application. Bell Aliant and Bell Canada are to provide their response to the attached request for information by 24 August 2015. The response must be received, not merely sent, by that date.
Original signed by
Director, Competitor Service & Costing Implementation
c.c.: Curtis Eagan, Analyst, CRTC 819-953-4947, email@example.com
Appendix 1 – Request for Information
In TN 519 and TN 7460 Bell Aliant and Bell Canada sought, in part, approval from the Commission to withdraw Item G14 – Type 1 and Type 2 Connections, Item G16 – Cellular Voice Channels, and Item G17 – Cellular Access Services Types II & III from their respective Special Facilities Tariffs. Bell Aliant and Bell Canada submitted that there are currently no customers utilizing these services and that there have not been any customers since 2007.
To support the Commission in its analysis, apply the essentiality test outlined in paragraphs 31 to 46 of Telecom Regulatory Policy 2015-326 to Item G14 – Type 1 and Type 2 Connections, Item G16 – Cellular Voice Channels, and Item G17 – Cellular Access Services Types II & III. Explain with supporting rationale how each service does or does not meet the essentiality test components, which are listed below:
- The facility is required as an input by competitors to provide telecommunications services in a relevant downstream market (the input component);
- The facility is controlled by a firm that possesses upstream market power such that denying (or withdrawing) access to the facility would likely result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in the relevant downstream market (the competition component); and
- It is not practical or feasible for competitors to duplicate the functionality of the facility (the duplicability component).
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